How to Prepare for your Pregnancy Session


AUGUST, 2018

Your belly is growing and starting to get to the gorgeous round shape you envisaged at the beginning of your pregnancy, you are busy nesting and collecting clothes, furniture, crib, and cute babies items, but what about the pregnancy photos you have just booked? What should you wear, what should you avoid? and why? Read on and you will find out……

Most of us get a little uncomfortable in front of the camera, so to start off the session I give you a few tips to help you look your natural, comfortable self in front of the camera. The session can take anywhere from 1-2 hours, it’s a good idea to arrive a little early and settle into your new environment. Most importantly, get ready for some fun! I want to capture the real you, including that gorgeous smile and I won’t lie, sometimes I love getting a bit silly and wild to help bring some moments to life. Whether we are using some props, playing games or telling jokes, the real you will come to the fore in no time.

What about looking my best you ask? Well…..bring some touch up essentials such as make up, hair spray or hair clips, bring extra clothing, it is always better to have too much choice than not enough. If you are getting your hair and make-up done professionally, keep it simple and natural. Make sure you iron and hang your clothing as wrinkles don’t disappear in photos. Avoid clothing with logos or large images or texts that don’t match, as this can be distracting and detract from the beauty of your growing belly.

So what should you wear? The biggest tip is to dress like yourself, if you are comfortable in what you are wearing it will come through in your images, likewise if you are uncomfortable, this will show as well. Plan to wear something you would normally wear, that can represent who you are all the time. You want to look back on your session feeling like you being you.

Think about a co-ordinated palette, although this may sound overwhelming, it really is not as difficult as it sounds. Choosing a colour palette that everyone wears colours from will create a cohesive look that still feels and looks natural. So in doing this, either:

1. Choose one neutral colour and two colours that pop, such as grey, pink     and navy blue.

2. Choose one colour and wear different shades of that particular colour.

3.Choose one item that pops i.e. a dress or a shirt and use that as the base for the colour palette to choose your remaining colours from.

Most of us us will get professional photos done one or twice in a lifetime, so make the most of your session by choosing the right outfits that suit your needs and your personality. If you are still unsure, bring a few different outfits and I can help you choose. Think about bringing something casual, formal, and something fun or unique along with you.

Don’t forget to accessorise your outfits and add variety. Wear outfits that suit your session location, i.e. urban, beach, natural, and bring outfits that you feel fantastic in! Flattering outfits that are in style will make you feel and look great!

“The biggest tip is to dress like yourself. If you are comfortable in what you are wearing, it will come through in your images. Likewise if you are uncomfortable this will show as well.”

A general list of clothing that suit this sort of shoot includes neutral, strapless bra and seamless underwear. Black bra and underwear set for those white background shots and white set for the black background shots. Tube top or belly band, regular jeans and camisole top, buttoned shirt or blouse, long flowy or form fitting dress i.e. tube or maxi dress. Button up cardigan or jumper, men’s button up tops are casual and cosy, and co-ordinating outfits for your husband/partner and children always tie everyone together. Any favourite scarves, accessories or jewellery, and any sentimental items such as an ultrasound image will personalise your session. Don’t forget your swimmers if you plan a beach location!

So when is a good time to come in for your session? For expecting mummas with one baby on board , a good time to book your maternity shoot is when you are 30-36 weeks along.  Your belly will be full, but you are still comfortable enough to pose. For mamas with twins come in earlier, around 28-32 weeks, as twins can tend to come earlier.

Don’t stress about posing, trust me to direct you in your posing so that you can look your best. Keeping your stance as natural as possible allows the viewer to focus on you and your personality, feelings and the bond you share with your much-awaited little one. Most of the poses you naturally adopt in front of the camera such as hands on your belly looking down towards your baby, express your emotions and connection with your growing baby.  Other poses will emphasise the beautiful curves of your body.

Where should you have your session?

Consider the location of your shoot and the advantages and disadvantages of them carefully.

In the home, you have the advantage of comfort and connection to your surroundings. You don’t have to worry about the weather outside and it leans itself to a lifestyle type of session which is relaxed and intimate. The disadvantages are that you may need to clean your house and the lighting may not be optimal.

A studio set up is convenient and more controlled in terms of lighting and you can shoot anytime regardless of the weather.

The natural beauty of a pregnant woman in a beautiful, natural out door backdrop is simply breathtaking! The parallel of a mother about to bring new life into the world and mother nature is a powerful one. The disadvantages can be that the weather may not be ideal and the shooting hours may be more limited to the best light, such as the golden hour before sunset. Reschedules may occur, which may trigger the rescheduling of other associated appointments such as hair and make up sessions. Be prepared to walk to the location and to change outfits outdoors!

Where ever you choose to be, a great maternity session will not only produce stunning and gorgeous memories but will make you feel confident, beautiful and connected to the wonderful journey that is unfolding.

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